Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon News & Analysis 11/29/2008 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
ST, INRIA team on embedded systems News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV and INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control, have signed a partnership agreement for next-generation embedded systems.
Nujira touts PA efficiency advance in handsets News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is claiming PAs in handsets that use its High Accuracy Tracking technology are twice as efficient during HSUPA transmissions, and 1.5 times as efficient during W-CDMA transmissions, than the same PA with a standard constant voltage (CV) supply as widely deployed in the industry today.
ST cuts Q4 revenue growth forecasts News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008 and now expects revenues to be between $2.2 billion and $2.35 billion.
Global chip sales seen tumbling in October News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $22.8 billion for October, down 1 percent on the $23 billion achieved in September, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie ASA in Oslo, Norway.
AMD spin-off Foundry Co. sees no long-term downturn News & Analysis 11/27/2008 Post a comment AMD's manufacturing arm which is heading for a spin-off to form a foundry services provider, regards the current downturn as a good anti-cyclical investment opportunity. Nevertheless, the company is aware of the challenges they are approaching, said two top managers of the company.
3-D memristor chip debuts News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
Price erosion round the corner for PNDs News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Fierce competition and commoditization of entry-level personal navigation devices (PND) is likely to bite into the large profits made by makers of the devices over the past few years when sales grew at exponential levels, according to market research group Berg Insights (Gothenburg, Sweden).
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics Product News 11/26/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
EC approves proposed JV between ST, Ericsson News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment The European Commission announced Wednesday (Nov. 26) it has authorized, under the European Union merger regulation, the creation of a joint venture between EMP, the wireless platform business of Ericsson, and ST-NXP, the wireless semiconductors business of STMicroelectronics.
Spansion warns on Q4 revenue News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment NOR flash memory specialist Spansion became the latest semiconductor supplier to issue a warning about revenue in the current quarter, saying it expects fourth quarter net sales to be down about 20 percent sequentially.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
DiBcom enables free-to-air digital TV on LG phones Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment As part of an ongoing collaboration with LG, mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom SA (Palaiseau, France) announced it has integrated its latest generation of mobile TV receiver so as to enable free-to-air digital TV broadcasts on LG's multimedia handset.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision News & Analysis 11/25/2008 2 comments The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
ADI's profit jumps; plans to cut costs 10% News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices reported a net income of $143.9 million for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Nov. 1, an increase of 4 percent over the prior quarter and an increase of 47 percent over the same period of 2007.
PCI Express gears for backplane role News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Analyst cuts estimates for 10 chip stocks News & Analysis 11/24/2008 Post a comment FBR Capital Markets cut revenue estimates and price targets on 10 semiconductor stocks, saying in a report, "Global semiconductor demand trends are deteriorating faster than we can cut estimates."
Ex-head of TI wireless chip unit joins French startup Product News 11/24/2008 Post a comment Gilles Delfassy, ex-senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments Inc.'s wireless terminals unit, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Open-Plug, a French startup that creates and commercializes ELIPS, an open application development environment designed for mass-market mobile phones.
8-bit MCU market still alive, says ST executive Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment At a roundtable during the ARM European Technical Conference this week in Paris, Daniel Colonna, marketing director at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), said the 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) market is not dead and remains interesting to serve.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
ST joins MIT industry consortium Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
iSuppli cuts PC growth forecast News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has slashed its 2009 forecast for growth in PC unit shipments by nearly two thirds in another sign of the expected impact of the economic downturn.
Analysis: Lessons from an ultrawideband survivor News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment The merger of ultrawideband chip startups Staccato and Artimi shows a way forward for others in what one executive recently called a venture capital winter by combining companies and their investors to shelter investments and give new technologies time to gain traction.
Report: Ethernet won't dominate at 100G News & Analysis 11/20/2008 1 comment Ethernet will not dominate multi-gigabit networks to the extent it has dominated sub-gigabit networks, according to an upcoming report on 40 and 100 Gbit networks from Freesky Research.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole2 comments Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...